Spring can bring a lot of stormy weather to the Houston area, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Along with having an emergency kit and making sure your house is sealed up, there are also things you can do to protect your HVAC system.
Storm damage to your HVAC system can cause long-term problems if it isn’t dealt with immediately or prevented altogether. Here are three ways you can protect your HVAC system from storms before they hit:
- Put away loose objects – One of the biggest culprits of storm damage is wind. It would take an extremely strong wind to actually blow over your outside unit, but it’s very common for it to get damaged by flying debris (bikes, toys, gardening tools, outdoor furniture, etc.). Make sure you put all of those things in your garage or shed or somewhere they can’t get caught by the wind.
- Cover outdoor unit – To prevent anything from getting into and destroying your condenser, it’s a good idea to turn it off and put a tight cover over it during a storm. If heavy rain is in the forecast, it can flood your outdoor system.
- Install hail guards – If there’s a potential for large hail, we recommend installing hail guards on your outside unit to prevent major damage.
Once the storm has passed, there are a few things you can check for to make sure your system is good to go. One of the most important things to look for is loose or disconnected electrical wires, which can be very dangerous to you and your HVAC system.
If there’s any concern about the condition of your Houston system, contact an HVAC professional at Richmond’s Air to come look for damage and do any necessary repairs. Our team of licensed, experienced technicians serves the metro-Houston area, so if you live in Houston, Katy, Spring or surrounding areas, give us a call today.